Feherty enjoyed a successful 20 year professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and more than $5 million in prize money, an amount he now describes as, “A bad six weeks for Rory McIlroy.” He was a regular on the European Tour, with victories including the ICL International, Italian Open, Scottish Open, South Africa PGA, BMW Open, Cannes Open, and Madrid Open. He captained the winning Irish team in the 1990 Alfred Dunhill Cup and played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991, an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.
In 1997, Feherty retired from professional golf when offered a position as a golf commentator for CBS Sports. “I always enjoyed talking more than playing, and now CBS is paying me for what I like to do most.” Thanks to his sharp wit and colorful personality, David has become golf’s most irrepressible personality and a viewer favorite.
Feherty’s success extends beyond broadcasting. He has authored six books, with several making the New York Times “Best Sellers List.” Each is “chocked full with belly-busting humor,” including his latest “The Power of Positive Idiocy.” His popular monthly column on the back page of GOLF Magazine should be “read twice to exact every available laugh.”
But for Feherty, his most fulfilling activities are on behalf of combat-wounded U.S. troops. In 2005, he was part of a Thanksgiving goodwill tour to Iraq and returned with a new mission, determined to do something to better the lives of those he calls “The ultimate American heroes.” Subsequently, he founded, “Feherty’s Troops First Foundation,” which among other good deeds works with wounded soldiers who come home without limbs, burn victims, those with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD sufferers. That first trip to entertain American troops in Iraq and subsequent others, including to Afghanistan inspired him to become an American citizen, a goal he achieved in 2010. “To be an American means the world to me,” he says. Above all, Feherty wants no one to take him seriously.